General Questions

The “SSL Certificate” stands for “Security Socket Layers Certificate”. This protocol was created to protect data travelling between two machines through data encryption.

All the information from the Internet is basically transferred from one location to another in the form of HTTP language (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol). But HTTP by itself is unprotected and susceptible to Internet tricksters and thieves. That’s why SSL Certificates were developed to protect the information travelling on the Internet.

You may know about the SSL Certificates by some common things you see in your browser: the padlock, the browser bar turning green, the “HTTPS” on the browser tab (when HTTP is being protected by SSL it inherits the letter “S”).

These are all indications that the website you are using has SSL encryption and its information is secure against cyber attacks.

An SSL Certificate takes the information that your users provide and encrypts it, so that only a web server can decrypt it and understand it. So as the information on the web is transmitted via HTTP language, your data is not protected, as HTTP itself is not secure. The SSL Certificate takes your information, encrypts it, and passes it securely to the server where the website is hosted, or directly to the payment processor. On the merchant’s server, or on the payment processor’s side, the SSL certificate receives the encrypted HTTP information, decodes it, and safely performs the action you requested (logging you in, processing a payment, etc).

In this way, the SSL Certificate turns your “HTTP” connection into an “HTTPS” (secured HTTP) connection and protects your data. With an SSL Certificate, your information is protected and safe.

You have to purchase an SSL certificate if your website contains logins or web forms that require personal or credit card information from your customers. The SSL certificate will secure the personal data shared on your website and will make your clients feel safer while performing transactions, knowing that any information shared is within a secure environment and authenticated by a trusted Certificate Authority.

If you have an informative website, we still recommend you to purchase an SSL certificate. By having an HTTPS link, your website will be more trustworthy and Google will rank it higher in its search results.

A site seal is a security icon graphic showing the name of the issuing Authority of the SSL. The site seal on your website is a proof that your business has been verified by the Certificate Authority.

You will be issued a static or dynamic site seal, depending on the SSL certificate that you buy for your website. A dynamic site seal will usually display a live time and date stamp and/or your company name. Visitors can click on the site seal to display additional verification information.

By displaying the site seal in preeminent place on your website, you will make your clients feel safer while performing transactions, knowing that any information shared is within a secure environment and authenticated by a trusted Certificate Authority.

An SSL certificate warranty is an insurance which covers any damage that you may incur as a result of a data breach or hack that was caused due to a flaw in the certificate. The SSL warranties range in value from $5,000 to $1,500,000. This means that the higher value certificates come with more extensive warranties.

The validity of an SSL certificate varies between 1 and 3 years, depending on the certificate you choose to buy. The Extended Validated SSL certificates are valid for 1 or 2 years. The Domain and Business Validated SSL certificates offered by Comodo, RapidSSL, Symantec, GeoTrust and Thawte can be issued for up to 3 years.

You can save between 7% and 15% when purchasing an SSL certificate for 2 or 3 years ahead.

Any business that is officially registered with a government authority can qualify for an Extended Validated SSL Certificate. This certificate is issued only after the Certificate Authority (CA) performed an extensive verification of your company and its owner, confirming that your business is trustworthy.

All our SSL certificates are issued by global leaders in Internet Security: Symantec, GeoTrust, Thawte, Comodo, RapidSSL.

SHA – standing for Secure Hash Algorithm – is a hash algorithm used by certification authorities to sign certificates and CRL (Certificates Revocation List).

SHA-1 is an older version of the algorithm that is no longer considered to be secure by major browsers and industry experts. SHA-1 is no longer allowed to be used during the generation process by the industry.

SHA-2 is the latest version that is widely accepted and considered to be secure by all major industry experts and browsers. The encryption hash used in SHA-2 is significantly stronger and not subject to the same vulnerabilities as SHA-1.

Encryption strength is the size of the keys used to perform the encryption of data during an SSL session. The longer keys provide stronger encryption, and make it difficult for computers to break the code.

All our SSL certificates support up to 256-bit encryption, as it is strongly recommended by the industry experts.

Yes, you can secure an IP address with an SSL Certificate. However, only some specific SSL Certificates will allow you to do that. Here are those SSL Certificates:
– Comodo InstantSSL Premium
– GeoTrust TrueBusinessID
– Thawte Web Server SSL
– Symantec Secure Site
– Symantec Secure Site PRO

Please note that all these certificates are Business Validation SSL Certificates, which means that you need to have a registered company in order to be issued one of these certificates.

How to buy an SSL Certificate

  1. Choose the SSL Certificate, then select the period (1, 2, or 3 years) and number of domains (only for Multi-Domain SSL Certificates), and click “Buy Now”;
  2. You’ll be redirected to your Shopping Cart, where you need to confirm the period (and, for Multi-Domain SSL Certificates, number of additional domains) and can order SSL Installation services, if necessary. Review your Order Summary then click “Continue”;
  3. On the Review & Checkout page, you’ll find the “New Customer” fillable form which you need to complete to create your SSL Dragon account. Afterwards, insert your Promotional Code (if you have it), any Additional Information (if necessary), select the desired Payment Method,  confirm that you’ve read and accepted our Terms of Service and click on “Checkout”;
  4. You’ll be redirected to your Invoice which you need to pay using your selected Payment Method. Once the payment is done, you will see your order number and additional details on your Order Confirmation page. You will find your SSL Certificate in “My Account” at “Services” -> “My Services“.
  1. Sign in to “My Account” on our SSL Dragon website;
  2. Once you are logged in, go to the main menu, select “Services” -> “My Services“;
  3. You will see the list of SSL Certificates which you bought on our website. Click on the SSL Certificate which you have just ordered, to enter its details page;
  4. When you are on the details page of the SSL certificate which you bought, go towards the bottom of the page, and click on the green button which says “Configure Now”;
  5. Fill in the form, by entering your order type, web server type, CSR and your company information;
  6. The second thing that you will be asked about on this form is the CSR (Certificate Signing Request). Insert your CSR (if you already have one), or use our CSR Generator tool to generate your CSR and your Private Key, based on the information which you will introduce in the CSR form. Copy and paste your CSR code in the text area which asks you for your CSR.

    Important: Please make sure to insert the entire CSR code, including the following two lines:
    —–BEGIN CERTIFICATE REQUEST—–
    (your CSR code)
    —–END CERTIFICATE REQUEST—–
  7. Once the form is completed in full, click on “Click to Continue”;
  8. You’ll be redirected to the domain validation page, where you need to choose your Domain Validation Method (email, HTTP/HTTPS, or DNS) then click on “Click to Continue”;
  9. The configuration of your SSL Certificate is completed now, and your order will be submitted to the Certificate Authority. If you have a Business Validation, Organization Validation, or Extended Validation SSL Certificate, you will find directions to the next steps on this page.

SSL Dragon is a fully approved SSL Certificate Reseller that has a wide range of SSL products issued by trusted Certificate Authorities (CAs) such as Comodo, RapidSSL, Geotrust, Thawte, and Symantec.

Since SSL Resellers offer CAs greater access to a large number of clients, this highly successful distribution model allows the CAs to focus on product development and improvement, while the resellers perform most of the sales.

This partnership encourages resellers to buy SSL Certificates in bulk at highly favorable prices and hence charge considerably less for the same SSL Certificate offered by a CA.

Therefore, you don’t need to worry – there is nothing wrong with SSL resellers and the SSL Certificates they offer. Since all CAs are reputable brands, these companies won’t allow any third parties to represent them if they don’t meet the necessary requirements. Thus, you can feel confident that the CAs have verified and authorized SSL Dragon to market their products.

So, instead of shopping directly from Certificate Authorities, you have the chance to buy the same SSL Certificates based on a platinum reseller discount, along with other great value deals, 25-days money back guarantee, and dedicated support.